Health care, party independence are major themes in McCaskill-Hawley Senate debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her GOP rival, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, sparred over how they would improve health care in an hour-long debate Thursday night that featured familiar themes. Hawley said McCaskill adheres to the Democratic Party stance and has, over 12 years, moved away from the views of her state, where voters went for President Donald Trump by 19 points. McCaskill emphasized her independence, as someone who will work with “anyone, anytime” to address the state’s needs.

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Two Minute Drill: Redden Named OVC Goalkeeper of the Week

Southeast Missouri freshman goalkeeper Bailey Redden won her first Ohio Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week honor on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. A native of Belleville, Illinois, Redden recorded 11 saves in two games last weekend, becoming the first SEMO player to win an OVC weekly honor this season. Redden recorded her third shutout of the season in a 1-0 road win at Eastern Illinois (Oct. 11). She logged a total of 204 minutes and gave up just one goal in two contests.

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Hurricane Willa, an "extremely dangerous" storm heading to Mexico's Pacific coast, was upgraded to Category 4 by the National Hurricane Center late Sunday.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, is about 210 miles away from Cabo Corrientes, a municipality in southwest Mexico. The storm is moving north-northwest at 7 mph, according to the NHC's latest advisory.

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Migrant Caravan Grows to 5,000

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A growing crowd of Central American migrants in southern Mexico resumed its advance toward the U.S. border on Sunday. The advances have overwhelmed Mexican officials' attempts to stop them at the border.

The Associated Press reports that the number of migrants swelled to about 5,000 overnight.

On Saturday, President Trump told reporters the migrants were "hardened criminals."

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Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo's military said Sunday. The violence has threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus contamination efforts.

The Allied Democratic Forces rebels, a Ugandan Islamist militant group active in the area since the 1990s, attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni on Saturday and into Sunday, Capt. Mak Hazukay Mongha told The Associated Press.

Cape Chamber

This is very hard to accurately gauge but very important to the economic success of any area.

Business climate is what I’d like to address this week. It is comprised of several different things and how they interrelate. An area’s business climate is the general economic environment related to government, politics, business activity, labor union relationships, tax policy, inflation, lending institutions, workforce, and more.

Missouri Department of Conservation

October 25 - October 31

Discover Nature this week as Snow goose populations peak at Missouri’s wetland areas.

Snow geese travel through Missouri during their migration from the subarctic and arctic tundra breeding grounds to the coastal marshes, bays and southern wet grasslands where they spend the winter months. These medium sized, gleaming white geese make a great subjects for nature photography. Though most snow geese are white, they do have other color phases, too.


Left Of The Dial #709 - Can't Turn Off

This week on Left of the Dial, KRCU’s independent music program, we hear new music from St. Vincent, whose MassEducation reworks the electropop of last year’s Masseduction into songs featuring only voice and piano. Plus new music from Rosanne Cash, Thom Yorke and more. Left Of The Dial airs Friday nights from 9-11pm and Saturdays from noon-2pm on KRCU. TyPA.

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NPR's Sarah McCammon to Visit Cape Girardeau

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. @ Wehking Alumni Center

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Don't Be Fooled By The Talking Horse — 'BoJack' Is A Sadness 'Sneak Attack'

The central character in the Netflix animated comedy series BoJack Horseman is a former sitcom star struggling with depression and alcohol addiction — who also happens to be a horse. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg likens his series to that other show about a talking horse, Mister Ed. Part of the original pitch for the show, he says, was, "What's Mister Ed like behind the scenes? When Mister Ed goes home after shooting, who is he really?" The answer to that question turns out to be pretty dark....

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